Texans post another loss

The Houston Texans pulled out all the stops to try and secure a victory against the Oakland Raiders including pulling Case Keenum and replacing him with Matt Schaub.  Keenum was not playing bad at all and through the third quarter had completed 13 of 24 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Hardly reason to pull him off the field.

If any one section of the team was faltering it was the Texans defense which was picked apart by Raiders rookie quarterback Matt McGloin who fired off 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns.  Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak, who was in the booth for the game, called down to the field and had them replace Keenum with Schaub.

“What was happening was, we had to make a lot of changes from a protection standpoint to handle some of the things they were doing,” Kubiak said after the game. “Trying to create some tempo and do that.  And it made it very tough on Case, in my opinion, being a young player.  I knew that  Matt could get done some of the things that I wanted to get done, real fast, and to give us a chance to win the football game.  So that’s why I did it.”

Schaub went on to finish the game but in the 4th quarter, after missing All Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson with a pass, got into a verbal confrontation with the receiver.

“We just exchanged some words,” Johnson said. “It’s just the heat of the moment; once we got in the locker room we talked about it. I’m not worried about it; me and Matt have played a lot of football together. Things like that happen, I think there’s a lot of frustration going on, and I think it happened because of frustration.”

The Texans next face the Jacksonville Jaguars and great seats and tickets are still available!

 

 

Texans release WR Jacoby Jones

The Texans released wide receiver Jacoby Jones on Tuesday.

The move came days after the Texans selected wide receivers from Ohio State and Michigan State in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, of the 2012 NFL Draft. Jones was rumored to be on the trading block during the draft.

“We’ve added a couple of receivers to our team,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday in his office at Reliant Stadium. “We’ve got a couple of kids that we think a lot of, being number one, and then also a lot of it’s about doing right Jacoby – our football team but doing right by him, too. [General manager] Rick [Smith] and I talked about it, and he’s handled himself with class.”

Jones, 27, started a career-high 10 games in 2011 with hobbled by hamstring injuries. He caught 31 passes for 512 yards (16.5 average) and two touchdowns, and he averaged 10.6 yards per punt return with a touchdown.

Jones was a scapegoat for many fans in Houston after fumbling a punt near the goal line in the Texans’ Divisional Round playoff loss at Baltimore.

“I think there’s way too much made out of that,” Kubiak said. “Andre missed 10 games last year and Jacoby was a starter in his absence and made a lot of plays for us, and Jacoby made a lot of special teams plays. We had many opportunities to win in Baltimore, and in this business, not one guy loses the game, not one guy wins the game. But it’s just a collective decision on where we’re heading with our young receivers, and also I feel like being very fair to Jacoby. That’s all this is about.”

A third-round draft pick out of Lane College in 2007, Jones started in 21 games in five seasons with the Texans. He had 127 catches for 1,741 yards (13.7 average) and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 10.2 yards on punt returns and 23.3 yards on kickoff returns and set a team record with four returns (three punt, one kickoff) for touchdowns.

Jones was plagued by fumbles on punt returns in his first three seasons and was in 2009. Kubiak kept Jones off the trip after he missed a Saturday morning team meeting, and the Texans wound up losing the game 23-18.

“We had a few rough patches early in his career with me, but he’s really grown up and done a good job,” Kubiak said. “To me, he’s been excellent the last couple of years. Played very well for us in Andre’s absence.

“We’ll move forward with our young players at receiver, and it’s a fair opportunity for Jacoby to go out there and get a fresh start somewhere else, and I’m sure he’ll go out and go a great job. I appreciate everything he did. Visited with him today, I wished him all the best and thanked him for everything he did for us.”


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Texans coaches go through ‘warm-up’ for training camp

Earlier this offseason, Texans coaches got a head start on 2011 by putting together their playbooks and game plans for the first several games of the season.

That seemed like a unique byproduct of the lockout at the time, but it sounds almost mundane compared to the last few weeks.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said that he and his staff have been in teaching mode with each other, “coaches teaching coaches” – reviewing installations and terminology in meetings as if they were in training camp meetings with players.

“What we’ve done is we’ve assumed that our players are here,” Kubiak said in his office on Wednesday. “We went down in our rooms and went into our teaching mode just like we would be teaching if our guys were here the first few weeks of training camp. Some of the coaches are the students, some of the coaches are teachers.

“We’re just trying to put ourselves through a mimic training camp, with about 10 faces in there instead of 50. So it’s been good for all of us.”

The teaching sessions have been particularly useful for assistant coaches to get a firmer grasp on new terminology. There are new wrinkles being installed on offense, and new coaches from different teams settling in on defense.

New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and linebackers coach Reggie Herring brought with them a new scheme, and new terminology, from the Dallas Cowboys. New defensive backs coach Vance Joseph spent the last six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar and assistant defensive backs coach Perry Carter, the only holdovers on the defensive staff, have worked with former defensive coordinator Frank Bush’s terminology for the last two seasons.

“It’s been really good,” Kubiak said of the teaching sessions. “We’ve been doing it on both sides of the ball, and we’ve done it with special teams with Joe (Marciano). It just keeps coaches fresh in their teaching; sharpens you back up on your teaching skills for when it’s time to go. So it’s been good. We’ve had some time on our hands, and it’s been used very wisely.”

If the lockout is resolved in time for training camp to start in late July, Kubiak and his staff will be more prepared than ever.

“We’re ready to go to camp today,” Kubiak said. “Before, we were ready to go bookwork-wise and paperwork-wise (playbook) and all that stuff. Right now, teaching-wise we’re ready to go. We kind of had a warm-up, which we normally don’t have. That’s been good. I know it’s been good especially on the defensive side of the ball.”